Rock Climbing Helmet
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Helmets are built to protect the climber from falling rock, ice, or from impact during a fall. Rock climbing helmets should comply with standards and be approved and documented by a certification of compliance. See more at these links.
Certification Standards for Climbing Helmets
Look for certification of compliance with one of these standards:
- Union Internationale des Associations d' Alpinisme (UIAA)
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
- Community European (CE)
Materials Used in Making Climbing Helmets
The outer shell of rock climbing helmets are commonly made from these types of materials: Polycarbonate shell, hard plastic, polyethylene, polycarbonate or fiberglass. The inner shell is made for fitting comfort and distributing impact force. The inner shell is usually a foam liner or harness system.
- Plastic. climbing helmets are lightweight and strong and make good choices for caving, rock climbing and rappelling. This type of helmet is lighter than the fiberglass or polycarbonate composite helmets.
- Fiberglass and polycarbonate composite. Climbing helmets absorb the shock energy by breaking. The outer shell of the composite helmet absorbs the energy. Plastic and nylon helmets transfer the shock to the inner cradle harness. This type of helmet has a useful life about twice as long as the plastic helmet. Helmets made from fiberglass or polycarbonate are good choices for ice climbing.
Features of Climbing Helmets
Adjustability: Helmets for climbing should fit tight but not uncomfortably tight. There should be no gap between the head and inner suspension. The padding should press firmly and uniformly in pressure all the way around the head. The chin strap should be adjustable and circumference harness system.
Ventilation: The holes for ventilation on climbing helmets are small to limit rocks and dirt from getting inside. Many helmets provide option for plugging top side vents during cold weather. Some vent on the side using small holes or side ports.
Weight: The weight of a climbing helmet varies from about 10 oz / 280 grams, to 17 oz / 480 grams. Choose your helmet based on the importance of weight, considering the tradeoffs.
Recommended use: Many indoor climbers don't wear helmets--most gyms / climbing walls do not require their use. However, when climbing outdoors on rock or ice, rappelling, or cave climbing, it's pretty important to wear one. Protective head gear used in other sports, or construction hard hats should not be substituted. Climbing helmets are designed to excel in different climbing environments: Rock, big wall, face, mountaineering, ice, and cave climbing are different environments. Choose a helmet with the features required the particular sport. Each manufacturer provides a recommend use.
Warranty: This varies by manufacturer and varies widely. Check the warranty for each climbing helmet individually.
Care of your rock climbing helmet. Do not sit or step on it. When you finish climbing, wipe it down with a moist cloth inside and out. Store it in a cool, dark, and dry location with other climbing gear. Dry it by hanging it on a clothesline. Check it out before climbing, look for signs of wear or damage.
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet - Kids
Sale Price: $47.96
Young mountaineers need to learn early on that safety is key. Set junior up with the Mammut Kids' El Cap Climbing Helmet and rest easy knowing that your young alpinist's most valuable climbing asset is protected.
Mammut Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet
Sale Price: $47.96
Mammut paid equal attention to comfort and safety when designing the Skywalker 2 Climbing Helmet. A single-handed adjustment lets you loosen or tighten the fit around your noggin to handle your beanie in the winter.
Camp USA Rock Star Climbing Helmet
This versatile and affordable helmet is perfect for large groups and rental programs where helmets are bound to get beat up. The durable injection-molded polyethylene shell has 4 side vents. A nylon inner suspension cradle offers fast and easy slide adjustment and is covered with a fast-drying material...
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet
Sale Price: $55.96
Named for the looming vertical master, the Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet boasts a tech-savvy design that its namesake would deem worthy. Protect your head and focus on your vertical progress.
Camp USA Armour Helmet
FEATURES of the Camp USA Armour Helmet Hybrid construction New rotating size adjustment wheel Comfort chin strap Headlamp compatible UIAA 106 / EN 12492 certified SPECIFICATIONS of the Camp USA Armour Helmet Weight: 12.5 oz / 355 g Length: 21.3-23.6" / 54-60 cm Construction: Injection Shell Material:...
Petzl Picchu Children's Climbing & Cycling Helmet
The PICCHU helmet is designed for children who want to rock climb or cycle. It is very light and comfortable and constructed for durability. For night use, the PICCHU has a mount on the back of the helmet specially designed for attaching the SiGNAL red signalization light (included). Three pages of stickers,...
Zowaysoon Rock Climbing Helmet Climbing Riding Downhill Helmet Caving Rescue Equipment
Scope: caving, rappelling, mountain climbing, expanding, high-altitude operations, engineering protection Extremely light, extremely comfortable, breezy, easy adjustments are all reasons to buy this helmet.
Half Dome Climbing Helmet
The Half Dome Climbing Helmet has been redesigned from the ground up. With an improved fit and weight savings of more than 40 grams over the original, the Half Dome is an all-purpose workhorse ideal for everything from trad cragging to alpine expeditions. Also featuring a new custom-designed wheel adjuster...
CAMP USA Pulse Ski and Climbing Helmet
CAMP created the Pulse Ski and Climbing Helmet for serious ski trips that involve technical pitches on the ascent followed by steep, must-not-fall runs. Rated as both a ski and a climbing helmet, the Pulse gets the job done for several pitches of steep ice as well as a tight couloir descent.
Petzl Elios Club Climbing Helmet
Very versatile and durable, the ELIOS helmet is suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, via ferrata, canyoning... It offers effective impact protection with its ABS shell and polystyrene foam liner. Fully adjustable and adapts to all head shapes: The sliding ventilation shutters allow the user...
Petzl Elia Women's Climbing Helmet (2014)
The ELIA helmet was designed and developed to respond specifically to the needs of women. The innovative OMEGA headband system (Petzl patent) allows the helmet to be put on and removed easily and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this exclusive feature, the helmet has a new headband and webbing...
Petzl Women's Elia Climbing Helmet
Designed to fit female climbers, the Petzl Elia Climbing Helmet provides great comfort and protection for rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoning and caving.
Shield II Climbing Helmet
Sale Price: $67.96
The Edelrid Shield II is perfect protection for long and demanding climbs. Lightweight and robust, In-Mold helmet with innovative closure system and excellent ventilation.
Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet
The Mammut El Cap Climbing Helmet has a stylish design and a comfortable fit that leaves no excuses for not wearing a helmet when you're climbing.
Black Diamond Men's Vector Climbing Helmet
Ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive exploits, the Black Diamond Vector helmet offers lightweight protection, superb ventilation and a great fit.
Black Diamond Vector Climbing Helmet - Women's
A revolutionary helmet that's ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive missions, the Black Diamond Women's Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation and 'barely there' comfort like never before. The geometric, co-molded EPS foam and...
Black Diamond Women's Vector Climbing Helmet
Ideal for long routes, alpine climbs and other weight-sensitive exploits, the women's Black Diamond Vector helmet offers lightweight protection, superb ventilation and a great fit.
Vertex Vent Climbing Helmet
With its strong chinstrap, the VERTEX VENT helmet sets the standard in head protection for workers at height. It has ventilation holes with sliding shutters to allow the ventilation to be adjusted as needed. Its six-point textile suspension ensures maximum comfort, and its CenterFit adjustment system...
Sirocco Climbing Helmet
With a maximum weight of 165 g, the PETZL's SIROCCO climbing helmet becomes the new standard in terms of lightness. The monobloc construction minimizes helmet weight while retaining excellent impact resistance, due to the mechanical properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). The textile adjustment...
Edelrid Shield II Climbing Helmet - Kids'
Simultaneously turn your child's head into a beast and protect his head from falling rocks with the Edelrid Kids' Shield II Climbing Helmet. Its lightweight in-mold construction includes a tough shell and an expanded foam core for comfort and protective durability. The Wing-Fit system uses...
Petzl Meteor Climbing Helmet
Lightness and comfort have made the METEOR helmet a signature product for climbing and mountaineering. This model has the advantage of large openings for excellent ventilation. Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust his/her helmet to head shape. The METEOR also comes with a new...